• The University of Western Australia (M433), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


Bill is an independent sustainability adviser, researcher and consultant, and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia’s Australian Urban Design Research Centre within the School of Design.

Bill works at the interface of economics and sustainability, advising state and local government agencies on the sustainability aspects of urban and city development. He has extensive multi-disciplinary, multi-faceted experience in providing strategic advice on sustainable development, including integrated urban water cycle management, sustainable energy, materials and waste management and green building design. His present work includes technical studies and business cases for renewable energy microgrids and alternative water supplies. 

Bill was previously Deputy Chairman of the Western Australian Sustainability Roundtable, which was charged with providing advice to Premier Gallup on implementation of the State Sustainability Strategy. He has also served on the Western Australian Planning Committee’s Statutory Planning Committee. He was a member of the previous federal government’s Expert Working Group for Sustainable Regional Planning, developing methodologies for strategic planning of regional growth centres.


Bill's research interests revolve around systems approaches and modelling associated with sustainability. He has published modelling work on sustainability at the global level, the economic impacts of resource scarcity in the developing world and resource depletion in Western Australia. He also modelled the impact of private solar generation on the electricity grid in Western Australia. He has recently published "Engineering the transition to sustainability" which is based on a presentation to the World Engineers Convention.

Bill has worked and published on the topic of sustainabilty assessment with his colleague Dr Jenny Pope, including on the contribution of systems modelling in assessment.

Teaching overview

Bill teaches "Sustainability and Cities" to post graduate students in the School of Design.

Previous positions

Bill was previously the Corporate Sustainability Manager for the international professional services firm GHD.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, Bachelor

Science, Master, System Dynamics


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